When you hear the phrase, “grave robbing”, it conjures up a vision of 18th century, shadowy figures lurking around cemeteries at night. With shovels and picks in hand, they are traditionally famous for digging up cadavers for medical research. This unsavory and downright creepy practice was well known in Vermont.
However, no one ever expected the trend to continue into modern times where the bizarre practice of grave robbing is alive and well (forgive the pun). In 2006, a jury found an 18-year-old teenager guilty of grave robbing. The man admitted that he removed the head of a cadaver at a local cemetery and brought it to his house with the intention of turning it into a pot smoking device.
In 20014, at a nearby Colebrook, NH cemetery, family members of Eddie Nash, who is buried in the plot, say sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning the man’s burial site was ransacked. A cement vault was cracked into pieces, the casket pried open and the man’s remains rummaged through. It was an act of vandalism that funeral home directors say is extremely rare. 4 people were eventually indicted for the crime.
During 2011, Vermont State Police charged two men with unlawfully removing the ashes of a dead woman from a grave.
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